The US military on Friday launched a wave of bombing attacks against several sites in Iraq and Syria used by Iran-backed militias and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, in retaliation for the drone attack. that killed three US soldiers in Jordan, last week, officials said.
President Joe Biden and other senior officials have warned for days that the United States will crack down on the militias, and they have made it clear that this is not a blow, but a “shaking response” to the passing of time.
“This afternoon, at my direction, US military forces struck targets at facilities in Iraq and Syria used by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and allied militias to attack US forces,” Biden said. in a statement. “Our response begins today. It will continue at times and places of our choosing.”
The initial strikes by manned and unmanned aircraft hit more than 85 targets in seven locations, including command and control headquarters, intelligence, rocket and missile centers, drone and ammunition depots, and other facilities connected the militias or the Iranian Quds force. Revolutionary Guard, which manages Tehran’s relations with regional militias.
The US Central Command said that more than 125 precision munitions were used in the attacks, which were dropped by several aircraft, including long-range bombers from the United States. An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the operation, said B-1 bombs were used.
Two Iraqi militia officers who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to journalists said three houses used as headquarters were attacked in Al Kaim, Iraq, including a warehouse of weapon A headquarters of the Popular Mobilization Forces, a coalition of Iranian-backed militias, in Akashat, Iraq, and weapons depots were also attacked.